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|Quarrel with bread and butter|
What does Quarrel with bread and butter mean?
| Bread and butter, here, indicate the means of one’s living. (That is why we say ‘he is the bread winner of the family’). If a sub-ordinate in an organisation is quarrelsome or if he is not patient enough to bear the reprimand he deserves, gets angry and retorts or provokes the higher-up, the top man dismisses him from the job. So, he loses the job that gave him bread and butter. Hence we say, he quarrelled with bread and butter (manager or the top man) and lost his job.|
Some Random Idioms
What does "red-carpet treatment" mean?
| to receive special or royal treatment||
I always receive the red-carpet treatment when I go and visit my aunt.
|grit one's teeth|
What does "grit one's teeth" mean?
| to grind one's teeth together in anger or from stress or determination||I grit my teeth and began to clean up after the students' party.|
What does "boku" mean?
| a lot; many (from the French beaucoup)|
What does "get made" mean?
| become part of a group; be allowed to join a group.|| He got made in the Mafia when he was only seventeen.|
What does "go scot-free" mean?
| to go unpunished or be acquitted of a crime||
The man was able to go scot-free although many people thought that he stole some money.
|have one's ear to the ground|
What does "have one's ear to the ground" mean?
| to listen carefully in the hope of getting advance warning of something||I have my ear to the ground to see if any changes are planned for my company.|
|all in one piece|
What does "all in one piece" mean?
| safely, without damage||When we moved, our furniture arrived all in one piece.|
|Rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic|
What does "Rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic" mean?
|(UK) If people are rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, they are making small changes that will have no effect as the project, company, etc, is in very serious trouble.|
What does "gopher" mean?
|somebody whose job is to fetch or bring trivial items to more important people|
|pick at (someone)|
What does "pick at (someone)" mean?
| to be very critical of someone||The woman is always picking at her husband for very small things.|
|get a lot of mileage out of (something)|
What does "get a lot of mileage out of (something)" mean?
| to get much use from something (like a car or other equipment)||
I hope to get a lot of mileage out of the new sneakers that I bought last week.